No matter the circumstances, we all need to stay hydrated. Whether out on a hike, cycling or going for a run, water is essential to quench our thirst, fuel our bodies and allows us to keep pace with the activities we love.

Writer: Travis Poulin

In 2017, retailers have been able to continue to count on state-of-the-art water bottles, hydration systems and hydration packs to deliver that ever-so-essential water to outdoor enthusiasts – as well as dependable sales.  

In 2017 CamelBak made updates to its classic reservoir in an attempt to make hydration easier with the new Crux Reservoir (shown below) . The new cap and handle boast what CamelBak claims to be the widest opening on the market for user-friendly cleaning and refilling.

Photo courtesy Camelbak

One end of the drink tube features CamelBak’s “Big Bite valve” mounted to an on-off lever that creates a system to turn water off with one hand for a leak-proof system. The other end of the tube connects to the reservoir allowing the drink tube to be disconnected and remain routed in the pack while the reservoir exit port automatically shuts off for leak-proof removal and refills. According to CamelBak, the Crux reservoir delivers 20 percent more water in every sip. The Crux is available in 1.5, 2 and 3 liter reservoirs. 

If you are interested in replacing your reservoir with the improved Crux model, CamelBak is offering free recycling of old reservoirs at any participating dealer. In partnership with TerraCycle, CamelBak is aiming for zero landfill waste. 

Though not a new invention, in-line filtration technology is still worth mentioning. Filters that are part of a hydration system allow thirsty users to pull water from a variety of sources without carrying extra water weight by making the source drinkable.

Geigerrig produces hydration packs and in-line filters. Its uses a hydration bladder to push the water through an in-line water filter, allowing the user to drink fresh spring water while on the go.

One step up from the Crypto Filter is Geigerrig’s In-line Virus Filter (shown below) which, according to the company, has been thoroughly tested by independent labs to consistently remove protozoan cysts, bacteria and virus to ANSI/NSF Standard 53 and U.S. EPA standards without the use of disinfecting chemicals such as chlorine, bromine or iodine.

Photo courtesy Geigerrig

Osprey has a variety of hydration packs on the market specified for activities including backpacking, mountaineering, day hiking, cycling, trail running and adventure racing. Its Anti-Gravity Technology Packs feature a continuous, suspended panel of lightweight mesh extending from the upper torso through the lumbar area of the pack, which wraps around the user for comfort. The packs include a “DayLid” function that detaches from the pack to create a day pack for short hike.

Photos courtesy Osprey

Evoc’s FR Lite line of mountain biking packs work not only as hydration packs, but also feature built-in back protectors. The integrated back protection functions as a safety device to help avoid injury if the user crashes their bike. Evoc’s Tour Pack has also broken into the growing bike packing market and allows room for multi-day use, while still offering built-in back protection.

Evoc’s FR Lite Mountain Biking Pack. Photo courtesy Evoc

HydraPak’s Full-Force Reservoir uses a pressure activated hydration system. The reservoir is equipped with a squeeze bulb that sprays water on command, allowing users to douse themselves with water, clean gear or hydrate their dog.

HydraPak’s Full-Force Reservoir. Photo courtesy HydraPak

HydraPak’s hydrant tube includes a silicone squeeze bulb and pressure activated valve for one-handed dispensing. The unit is top-shelf dishwasher safe and can be frozen or filled with hot water.

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Lead photo courtesy Osprey